Thursday, August 17, 2006

Silk dupioni-the versatile fabric

Dupioni is a fabric that wins hands down when it comes to versatility of use.
Not only does it make an excellent fabric for use in high-fashion apparel, but also works wonders as drapery, upholstery, cushion-making etc.

Silk dupioni comes in various kinds.
In India, there are several kinds of silk dupioni on offer.
There is the handloom and the powerloom variety for instance.The handloom dupioni when made using India silk yarn, produces a fabric which is highly slubbed and irregular in its texture.
Just the way traditional silk dupioni always was.
The handloom dupioni made from Chinese yarn is smoother.
The dupioni made on powerlooms using chinese yarns is the smoothest, sometimes making it hard to spot the characteristic slubs.
And finally powerloom dupioni can also be made using Indian yarns,in which case the slubbed effect is higher than in fabric spun out of Indian yarn.
India has a myriad of silk to offer and in Indian dupioni alone one can find endless solors, patterns, embroideries, jacquards, and prints.

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